The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh and filter various thoughts from conversations under the sun, on another blessed day.
Looking Inward & Outward (with the goggle of Faith) – Part 50.
1. When asked what the secret behind his US OPEN 2018 quarter final victory was, Rafael Nadal said, “Suffering”. So after five hours of trading blows with their rackets, in an energy-sapping, high-octane match, and in hot humid conditions where both players had to pocket their fatigue, he emerged victorious. It can’t be less intense for those destined for God’s throne, who would have to entertain the suffering of sin in their flesh, while fighting their way through each opponent; even each fallen spirit in the air, or in the realm that Adam once occupied (1Pet. 4:1,1 Cor. 9:24-27, Eph. 6:12-16/2:2, 2Cor. 10:4-5).
2. The pride of life is always traceable to the absence of the humility found in Christ. It may not be noticeable in what we do; but it can carefully hide in what we haven’t done or haven’t seen the need to humbly do. Our natural age, spiritual age, earthly status, natural strength or things that can give us an edge over others – are some of its few sources or things it feeds on. (1Jn. 2:15-16, 2Cor. 12:7).
3. When we employ the discipline of adding the clause, “if the Lord wills”, to our prayers and desires on various needs and wants, we would save ourselves from nursing some expectations that will never see the light of any day, and from developing mindsets that could compete with what the Lord actually has in mind and how he wants us to go about it (Matt. 26:39, Jam. 4:15).
4. The love of what has since been branded “our life” is the love of a life without Christ and God or the love of a life that the devil offered to a perfect man in Eden, after savouring the promise or this world. So what the Faith and Love that is in Christ Jesus does is that it separates us from what the world feeds on in us and, thereby, starves carnality in us, until we can no more savor it or until we can, by default, supernaturally live from above (Col. 3:1-3).
5. One strategic reason for the trials of faith is to deal with what makes us less contented with the life God offered us through the New Testament. It is also to starve what makes us more contented with the passing matters, affairs and provisions of this present passing life. So a day should come when every believer should glory in trials and tribulations, because only therein can we receive abundant entrance into God’s kingdom (Rom. 5:1-5, 2Pet. 1:5-10).
6. One major reason why many don’t enjoy peace from the Lord in their hearts concerning any pressing need or issue is because many are not yet at home with what God’s righteousness has said or is saying concerning such an issue. We would continue to lack the much needed experience(s) of God’s peace upon our hearts, if we don’t invest in the learning and doing of righteousness, or if we don’t strive to seek it first.
7. What the New Testament is saying, in a nutshell, is that, though mankind inherited and carried a virile load of limitations from Satan called sin and death, it is now time to learn and keep the testimony or prophecy of Faith and Love, even the contents of His flesh and blood, so that every effect of these can be neutralized and so we can become bearers of the testimony of Jesus Christ, which is needed to live in God – in time and eternity (Rev. 1:1-2/14:12).
8. A declaration of war to mankind was made in Eden, which still says “the eyes of men mustn’t become single and must be wrongly fed by placing it on themselves, on men, and on legitimately useful but vain things”. Why? Because doing otherwise (i.e. placing it on the Lord), would always lead to their fall in our lives. We therefore need to always put on the whole armor of God and wrestle against every thought and imagination that can keep our eyes off things above, so we don’t succumb to this threat. (Gen. 3:3-6, 6:1-6, Matt. 6:22, 2Cor. 10:4-5, Col. 3:1-2).
9. Two things that limit those who arrive in the holy place or those being brought into their riches in Christ Jesus, from forsaking their home grown idols, are their unforsaken ways and thoughts, which are the very gates that the devil uses to access men’s souls. Every thought and imagination of our heart that is fetched outside Christ is food for fallen spirits. We can only starve them by hearkening to what the Holy Spirit has to say and shew us concerning things to come; things pertaining to the Son and Father (Isa. 55:7-9, Jn. 16:12-14).
10. One frustrating experience, while browsing, is the slow speed of an internet service provider that limits our ability to upload and download things on time, which leaves us shopping for alternatives. But somehow, we don’t find as frustrating, our inability to download fresh revelations from heaven or our inability to upload conversations that are worthy of the gospel of Christ. Why? Because shopping for an alternative, even a supernatural life, would come at a cost to the present arrangements of our lives and would impact our mid/long term goals and dreams. (Eph. 4:1-2, Phil. 3:7-8).
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